Here’s a keyboard lesson program specially prepared for beginners in playing the keyboard. It points out the rudiments of every keyboard students should master to play the keyboard in a right manner
Lesson 1 – Building the Foundation
• Introductory Lessons
• Learning the keys
• Correct Fingering
Studying the correct posture and hands position in playing the keyboard is a very noteworthy skill, and will help the student as he advances in the study. It is suggested for the student that the fingers should be curved and at all times should be relaxed.
Lesson 2 – The fundamentals in playing the keyboard.
• Note names and values
In the second lesson, proper note names will be tackled and the temporary “numbered fingers” notes will have to be forgotten. The notes on the lines are called with the letters: E, G, B, D, and F. The spaces are labelled as F, A, C, and E.
Lesson 3 – Digging deeper.
Lesson 3 will explain all the stylistic party of playing the keyboard will be tackled. All about legato, staccato, accent, crescendo, decrescendo, and other special symbols will seen on the spotlight of this topic. One more important guide to be point out in this lesson is the dynamics that refers to the loudness or softness of the key piece.
Lesson 4 – Learning the scales and intervals.
This topic will talk about the major and minor scales, and the intervals.. The range of intervals can be from the smallest, called the half step, to the largest gap called the octave. Intervals that are played to make both pitches synchronously are called Harmonic. On the other hand, melodic intervals are played one after the other.
Lesson 5 – The principal and the common chords.
Triad is the most common type of chord. The most basic chord in music is the major chord. The first, second, and third interval must be a major in order for a chord to be a major.
Lesson 6 – Mixing it up
• Borrowed chords
These are the chords taken from the parallel major or minor key. Also introduction of modulation will be taught in this lesson, moving further from the traditional harmony towards the borrowed chords. Modulation is a technique to add tonal variations in the piece you are playing. But these strategies will not be taught deeply in this lesson, since it necessitates a more advanced knowledge in playing the keyboard.
Lesson 7 – The Species one Counterpoint.
In the final lesson for the beginner keyboard players, the rules of species one counterpoint will be discussed. Voice leading is another term for species one counterpoint, while the method of writing and playing this counterpoint is complex.
The different kinds of motion will be discussed in this lesson. The various motion styles are as follows:
Parallel – the voices move at the same interval and in the same direction.
Similar – the same as parallel, the only difference is it should be done in different intervals
Oblique – while the other remains on the same note, the other voice moves to the next.
Contrary – voices are directed at the opposite directions.
Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Practice Time
1. Practice more.
2. Setting a goal of ten minutes for each grade they’re in, 30 minutes for third grade, etc.
3. Begin your practice with a scale to warm up your finger and meliorate technical ability.
4. Practice sections you know you have trouble with, don’t just play through the entire piece.
5. Begin slowly and work up to faster speeds.
6. Practice with a metronome.